Skinny Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin spice latte meets hot chocolate in this healthy recipe
If you like hot chocolate and pumpkin spice, then this pumpkin spice hot chocolate might become your new favorite drink recipe for the colder seasons.
Imagine a dessert made with pumpkin and chocolate… but in a cup and with much less calories!
That’s what this satisfying hot cocoa is about.
And as it‘s coffee-free, everyone will be able to enjoy these yummy flavors no matter what time of day.
That said, if you prefer a coffee version of it, you may also add a shot of espresso as well.
Ingredients and swaps
I crafted this recipe to have the least amount of fat and sugar possible, while still having the taste and texture of a treat.
However, if you don’t have any of the ingredients handy, you can easily substitute it for some of the choices bellow:
Canned pumpkin and homemade pumpkin puree are very convenient to make this recipe.
Optionally, you can make this recipe with pumpkin syrup (you can check here my recipe for sugar-free pumpkin syrup).
Using syrup is probably the easiest way to make any pumpkin spiced drink.
How to make pumpkin spice latte if you don’t have pumpkin purèe:
If you don’t have pumpkin purée, you can simply blend some steamed, backed or microwaved cooked pumpkins with the milk.
Make sure to peel before blending, so your hot chocolate gets a smooth texture.
For this recipe you may switch 2 tablespoons pumpkin purée for 1,7 oz. (50 gr.) cooked pumpkin without skin.
For this recipe, you can choose your preferred type of milk.
I usually use whole milk for my drinks because I like them creamy.
But as you simmer the milk in this recipe, this hot chocolate gets quite creamy even if using low-fat milk, so that’s what I usually use for this hot cocoa (let’s save some calories!).
Sweetener of choice
Feel free to use your sweetener of choice.
Both sugar (any type) and neutral tasting sugar-free sweeteners work wonderfully to make pumpkin spice hot cocoa.
Maple syrup and date syrup also taste great.
Alternatively, you can also blend pitted dates into your pumpkin mixture (roughly 3-4 per cup, depending on the size of your dates).
My choices for sugar-free pumpkin spice hot chocolate:
I like using erytriol, xylitol or neutral tasting stevia blends (some brands get it!) for this pumpkin spice chocolate.
Pumpkin pie spice
Adding pumpkin spice (with that cinnamon taste and hints from ginger and nutmeg) is what makes you feel so warm and cozy when having this hot chocolate.
In addition of that, these spices provide some antioxidants too!
How to replace pumpkin spice:
If you don’t have pumpkin spice mix at hand, you may flavor 2 servings of this hot chocolate with:
-half teaspoon grounded cinnamon
-a big pinch of ground ginger
-a small pinch ground nutmeg
-a small pinch of ground cloves
However, to get the perfect ratio every time, I recommend making this easy recipe for pumpkin spice.
Kids love this hot chocolate, even if they don’t usually like pumpkin.
However, many kids (at least mine) aren’t so wild about pumpkin spice.
If your kids aren’t fans of pumpkin spice either, you may switch the pumpkin spice for some plain cinnamon powder or even skip the spices all together.
Pure cocoa powder
Pure cocoa powder is the secret to give this latte a deep chocolate taste while still remaining light on the waistline.
Cocoa powder is also known as Dutch cocoa and it’s the unsweetened cocoa commonly used for baking.
And pure cocoa doesn’t only make for an intense chocolate aroma and taste: it’s even considered a super food!
Can I replace unsweetened cocoa powder for hot cocoa mix?
If you only have sugared cocoa mix, you could switch every teaspoon unsweetened cacao for roughly (depending on the brand you use) the double amount of hot cocoa mix.
Then, you’d probably want to reduce the sugar by the same amount of sweet cacao you use (cocoa mix is for the most part sugar!).
For example – for this recipe, you may switch 2 teaspoons pure cacao for 4 tsp. cacao mix.
In this case, you might need to reduce the sweetener by 4 tsp.
Since this recipe calls for 2 tablespoons sugar (which are the same as 6 teaspoons), you would only need to add around 2 teaspoon sugar if using sweetened cocoa mix.
We (my kids and I) find that adding about 1/4 oz. (around 7 gr.) dark chocolate per serving makes for a much richer pumpkin spice hot chocolate.
But if you prefer to save some calories, you can also skip it: it still tastes great without adding chocolate.
Optionally, you may decorate with frothed milk and/or some ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice.
For a truly decadent version, top with whipped cream.
How to make keto pumpkin spice hot chocolate
It’s very easy to adapt drink recipes to your diet type, and this hot chocolate is no exception.
For a low-carb version of this hot chocolate, you only need to choose:
- A low-carb milk alternative (such as almond milk or coconut milk)
- Sugar-free sweetener (like e.g. swerve, xylitol or monk fruit)
- Sugar-free chocolate (if using chocolate)
The rest of the ingredients (pumpkin, cocoa powder, pumpkin spice and even the optional whipped cream) are already keto-friendly.
Time needed: 10 minutes.
How to make a skinny pumpkin spice hot chocolate
- Prepare the pumpkin
This step is optional (only if you don’t have pumpkin purée).
Cook pumpkin following your preferred method (steaming, microwaving or baking).
When it’s soft, blend it (without skin!) with some of the milk.
- Gather ingredients
Put everything together in a saucepan and heat on medium until warm (avoid boiling).
Stir regularly to avoid milk (and optional chocolate) from sticking to the bottom.
- Assemble and serve
If desired, decorate with some milk froth (or whipped cream)
Toppings that go good are pumpkin spice, cocoa powder or powdered cinnamon/nutmeg.
Skinny Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate Recipe
- Blender (only if using real pumpkin)
- Small saucepan
- 2 Tbsp. Pumpkin purée (or backed pumpkin) (roughly 50 gr.)
- 2 Cups Milk of choice (I use low fat dairy)
- 2 Tbsp. Xylitol (or sweetener of choice: the equivalent of 2 Tbsp. sugar)
- 2 tsp. Unsweetened Cacao Powder
- ½ teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
- ½ oz. Dark or semisweet Chocolate (optional) (around 15 gr.)
- Optional milk froth or whipped cream as topping
- (Optional, only if using baked or steamed pumpkin instead of purée):Blend the peeled and cooked pumpkin with a cup of milk.
- Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan.Heat on medium heat or medium-low while stirring or whisking until the chocolate has melted (avoid boiling).
- Serve as is or topped with some milk froth or whipped cream.
- You may also add an espresso shot for a chocolate flavored pumpkin spice latte.
- You can also make this hot chocolate with homemade pumpkin syrup: you may then skip the pumpkin purée, spices and sweetener.
I use between 2-4 Tbsp. of this syrup per serving.
I hope you enjoy this pumpkin spice chocolate milk drink: I find it the perfect treat to satisfy your craving for a sweet treat, while keeping it relatively low in sugar.
I love this kind of healthy and yummy drinks, thanks you very much for sharing the recipe with video!
Great recipe! I loved the intense chocolate taste and was very happy to get a practically sugar free treat. Thanks!